Oncology

Breath and urine tests offer early breast cancer detection hope

New research has found that tests on breath and urine can provide early indicators of breast cancer. Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Soroka University Medical Center in Israel have found they can use existing equipment to isolate breast cancer biomarkers using patient samples...

Tanzania commences youth cervical cancer vaccination programme

The government of Tanzania has begin a programme of vaccination against cervical cancer for girls as young as nine. Over 600,000 girls aged between nine and 14 are receiving the jabs in order to protect them against developing the disease at an early age. Cervical cancer is the focus of government...

Nearly 9 out of 10 at risk women mistrust breast cancer prevention drugs

Nearly 90 per cent of women who are offered a preventative treatment against breast cancer turn down the medication. That is according to a study funded by Cancer Research UK in Britain, which found that these women mistrust the drugs, fear side effects and, in some cases, believe it is their fate...

Most women with breast cancer family history avoid preventive drug

Six out of seven women with a family history of breast cancer opt out of taking the newly approved preventative drug tamoxifen, a new study has found. Funded by Cancer Research UK and published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, the study included 258 healthy women across England who had been...

More targeted breast cancer treatment results in fewer side effects, research claims

More targeted radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer offers a quality of life that is as good as standard radiotherapy, according to research conducted at University Hospital Würzburg, Germany. This treatment uses small tubes to deliver a higher dose of radiotherapy directly to the site of the...

New scan offers drug resistance detection aid

A new scan could help improve the treatment of breast cancer by helping to identify cases where the disease has gained sufficient resistance to a drug to stop responding to the medicine. Researchers from the Institute of Cancer Research in London, UK, have developed a scan that tracks molecules and...

Personalised vaccines for ovarian cancer extend survival rate

A study into the potential benefits of personalised vaccines to treat ovarian cancer in stage III and IV patients has found they can improve survival rates. Scientists at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Switzerland discovered that a new type of vaccine induces novel, potent and...

Automated screening for cervical cancer is more effective

Carrying out cervical cancer screenings using an automated approach has been found to be more effective. The study by the National Cancer Institute in the US indicated that coverage in underserved regions was increased by the automated technology. Cervical cancer is the result of persistent...

Breast cancer patients 'have no increased risk of death from heart disease'

The heart can be damaged during treatment for breast cancer, but this does not necessarily increase the risk of death, a new study has found. Research carried out by the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Germany has shown that those who have undergone radiotherapy or chemotherapy...

Lymph node biopsies not always necessary in cases of small breast tumours

Scientists have been investigating whether it is necessary to give patients with microinvasive breast cancer biopsies of the lymph nodes. Microinvasive cancers are defined as those where the tumours are a millimetre or less in size. Researchers at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute in the US...